As an employer, it is your duty to maintain a clean environment. It’s important to ensure that everyone feels safe when they are in the workplace throughout the day.
However, the spread of the Coronavirus may prove inevitable as it is invisible to the naked eye.
Having said this, it is a fact that a good cleaning and disinfection routine can significantly reduce or eliminate the risk of respiratory diseases.
Bugs such as COVID-19 and other similar flus and colds can be mitigated with a good routine.
The outbreak of the coronavirus has highlighted the need for measures to control the spread of germs and diseases in the office.
Inhaling better air reduces the risk of respiratory diseases such as asthma, bronchitis and respiratory infections.
The office is pelted with many sources of air pollution, including air pollutants such as smog, dust, smoke and fine dust.
The presence of these pollutants is exacerbated by poor ventilation and can cause respiratory diseases in higher measure.
The CDC in the USA provides comprehensive guidance on cleaning or disinfecting your workplace. They recommend EPA-approved disinfectants for all viruses including those caused by COVID-19.
For cleansing an area, they also recommend to use a face mask with a fabric covering over the face. For large, chemically treated areas they require open windows and a ventilation mask for serious disinfection.
Cleaning Chemicals and Safety
For the disinfection and disposal of waste, non-recyclable materials such as paper, plastic, paper towels and other household items should be carefully removed and discarded immediately.
Start disinfecting with a high-quality spray with an EPA-approved disinfectant ingredient such as Excelyte and others.
Excelyte ® solutions are EPA-registered, hard-surface disinfectants and sanitizers approved for hospital-level use.
They are also approved for use as a biocide in the oil and gas industry. The products can be used anywhere there is a need to control bacteria and viruses.
Make sure to move chairs and electrical items such as computers away from plugs and begin to spray down.
Making sure all items are in clear areas helps the disinfectant kill remaining virus particles more effectively. Cleaning with a detergent, soap and water can remove particles that may pose a hazard with COVID-19 on the surface.
Other Ways to Kill the Virus
If you don’t have access to EPA-approved disinfectants, an easily accessible solution is household bleach and water.
When using disinfectant wipes such as Clorox or Lysol, it is important to remember that you should only clean one object after another, keeping the surface moist for 4 minutes.
Do not forget to mix the detergent with water, soap and a small amount of bleach (no more than 1 / 2 cup).
After fixing the chairs and electrical items back, clean and disinfect all surfaces with a high touch factor spray.
Then, with a disinfecting cloth and a small amount of household bleach, begin to wipe down areas of high use.
To maintain a healthy indoor climate when employees are discharged back into the office, facilities should focus on sanitation.
This, as well as ventilation and filtration systems for dilution and removal of pathogens. When you are considering improving your office filtration system, focus on numbers 1-16, which represent the efficiency of air filters based on particle size.
The higher the MERV, the more efficient an air filter is at removing particles and the cleaner the air. For the lowest end of efficiency, fiberglass or polyester panel filters have a MERV of 4.5%.
To clean the air, users should choose a high-performance filter that their device can control without limiting fan performance.
For more general tips on air quality, including the importance of injecting outdoor air, we have compiled an exhaustive list of resources. Common recommendations include air filters, air conditioners and air purifiers, as well as air conditioning systems.
UV-C Virus Killing Systems
Air purifiers are old technology however, and are not built for Covid-19 disinfection when compared to UV-C.
For the most pathogen killing success, PathogenUK’s Elite-101 is highly recommended with its surface and air killing functionality.
Capable of running 24 hours a day to continuously keep the air virus and bacteria free. The external UV-C light will only operate with no human presence in the room and can automatically detect any presence.
For businesses that need local employees, social disconnection from the office is not possible.
Businesses such as restaurants or warehouses for example. Give yourself some time to get the best cleaning plan together that is best for your team before everyone returns.
This should include a UVC system or several systems depending on your office/warehouse size.
We have systems such as the Room-30 which is able to run with people in the room and can disinfect smaller areas such as high street offices, etc.
Other Tips to Mitigate Infection Rates
Use a social distancing tool to determine what your socially distanced floor plan looks like when going back to work. Stagger your shifts and use “A” and “B” shifts to take into account the cleaning plan and the limited workspace.
Some people book their own desk based on the number of people who can get into the office and desk should be placed at a distance of 6 feet or more.
Due to the distancing, shifts are staggered so that people can book desks at different times of day and night. All while maintaining cleanliness, sanitising, and hand washing practices.
Keep the number of employees in your office to a minimum, except when absolutely necessary, to no more than 5 people per shift and no less than 10 people at any time. This if for the average sized office room.
An access control system such or app allows employees in your office to log into the building via mobile phone and log out of the building with their mobile phones. Not all office space can be limited, especially if the number of common areas is reduced. Update the office design by reworking the seating layout, changing rooms and personal packages delivered to the office should be discontinued during the pandemic.
These are just a few tips to keep you and your employees safe. For UVC air sterilisation systems or advice, please look through our website. We can help you get back to work and give your employees peace of mind.